Site Selection Consultants “Experience North Carolina” in April

The N.C. Department of Commerce hosted 32 national site selection consultants in Pinehurst in Moore County and nearby Fort Bragg April 3-5 for the state's annual Experience N.C. event.

The business and networking conference, sponsored by the Friends of North Carolina organization, provides these influential location specialists an opportunity to visit the state and meet local, regional and state economic development leaders.

N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll and developers from the Business & Industry Division welcomed the group during a Sunday evening reception held in several vintage rail cars provided by the Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway.

This year’s conference also featured a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the Fort Bragg U.S. Army base. Consultants were able to experience up-close how soldiers are trained for dangerous combat and airborne missions. The group also learned more about business opportunities in the state related to the large presence of the military in North Carolina. Joy Thrash from the N.C. Defense Business Association also assisted with this event.